Haridwar is an important
holy city in the Haridwar District
of Uttarakhand, India. In Sanskrit, Haridwar stands for
Dwara of Hari or Gateway to God. 'Hari' meaning
'dwar' meaning gate. Haridwar is regarded as one of the
seven holiest places to Hindus.
River Ganga after flowing
for 253 kilometres (157 mi) from its source at Gaumukh,
at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic
Plain of North India for the first time at Haridwar, and
this is what gave the city its ancient name, Gangadw√°ra,
the place where the Ganges descends to the plains.
Haridwar can be reached by
train, bus, and taxi from Delhi (capital of India). It
is about 250 Kms (150 miles) from Delhi and it takes
about 4 hours by train.